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Marantz PM5005

Stereo integrated amplifier

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Marantz PM5005

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Sound that's warm, inviting, and wide open. That's what Marantz amplifiers have long been known for in audiophile circles. Their PM5005 integrated amplifier is a great introduction to this experience, offering sublime performance at an entry-level price. When you connect your sources and stereo speakers, you'll learn that not all amps are created equal.

Not just another amp

Sound that's warm, inviting, and wide open. That's what Marantz amplifiers have long been known for in audiophile circles. Their PM5005 integrated amplifier is a great introduction to this experience, offering sublime performance at an entry-level price. When you connect your sources and stereo speakers, you'll learn that not all amps are created equal.

Sophisticated design yields sweet sound

What's the secret to Marantz's legendary sound? Like their high-end amps, the PM5005 employs their unique Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module and current feedback architecture. This type of amplifier design is very fast and accurate, even when driving difficult speaker loads. This results in beautifully balanced stereo sound with a wide open soundstage. It also helps maintain extremely low distortion at high volume, so you can push your speakers a bit more than you could with less agile amps.

The PM5005 has six stereo analog inputs, including a phono input for connecting a turntable, and two sets of recording outputs. Eight binding posts allow connection of two sets of stereo speakers with front-panel A/B switching for use with speakers in two rooms.

I am using this amp to drive a pair of Allison AL-120s in a large room. Although it is not rated as a high-powered amp, it has plenty of muscle--in fact, I am setting the volume control lower than I did with my previous piece of gear, which had a higher power rating. The sound is crisp and clear.

Bill, Lynchburg, VA

What's in the Box:

  • Integrated Amplifier
  • 5.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC002PMCD)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information (US/CA)

Product Highlights:

  • 40 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (40-20,000 Hz) at 0.01% THD
  • 55 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (40-20,000 Hz)
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • current feedback amplification and Marantz's Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module circuits offer accuracy, control, and a wide soundstage under high- and low-drive conditions
  • front-panel tone controls (treble and bass)
  • Source Direct mode bypasses tone control circuits for cleaner sound
  • loudness mode improves high- and low-frequency response at low volume levels
  • 4 stereo RCA audio inputs, including a phono input (for use with a moving magnet cartridge)
  • 2 sets of stereo RCA recording input/output loops
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • binding posts and front-panel A/B switching for two pairs of speakers
  • 3 rear-panel AC outlets for powering other components (2 switched, 1 unswitched)
  • metal chassis and front panel minimize distortion-induced vibration for cleaner sound
  • frequency response 10-50,000 Hz (+0dB, -1dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 102 dB (line in), 83 dB (phono)
  • remote control in/out
  • detachable power cord
  • 17-3/8"W x 4-3/16"H x 14-9/16"D
  • weight: 14.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Marantz PM5005 Reviews

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18 Reviews

A solid amp

Written by: Bill from Lynchburg, VA on June 22, 2016

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I am using this amp to drive a pair of Allison AL-120s in a large room. Although it is not rated as a high-powered amp, it has plenty of muscle--in fact, I am setting the volume control lower than I did with my previous piece of gear, which had a higher power rating. The sound is crisp and clear.

Pros: Marantz quality. Plenty of power. Includes a phono input.

Cons: The marking on the volume knob is hard to see.

Marantz PM5005

Written by: Jason S from CDA, ID on June 11, 2016

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I was looking for an integrated amplifier for use with a digital tuner, CD player and turntable but didn't want to break the bank. After going back and forth between the PM5005 and the PM6005, I decided on the PM5005 and after a month of use I am happy with my choice. The Crutchfield customer service in handling my order was great. I have Polk Audio TSx 110B bookshelf speakers which seems a good match with the PM5005. The sound to me is balanced and detailed with good imaging. My only knock on the PM5005 is that, if I have my tuner powered on, there is sound bleed over from it to the other inputs, excluding the CD input. There are no problems when the tuner is off so it's not a huge issue but for $500 I would have hoped for better input isolation. All in all, I am happy with the Marantz PM5005's sound quality and features. What makes me even happier is that I can use the $200 bones I saved by not getting the PM6005 toward more CD's and LP's.

Pros: Sound quality, input types / number, cost

Cons: Sound bleed from tuner to other inputs

Marantz PM5005

Written by: Anonymous from St Paul, MN on May 31, 2016

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I have used this receiver for just over a week and have been impressed. The bass has been good and the highs even better. I paired it with a new turntable and cannot believe the difference. I was missing so much with my old set up.

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My marantz

Written by: Paulsmusicroom from Santa Cruz, CA on April 27, 2016

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I purchased this new marantz receiver because I wanted something powerful enough to run my Polk floor speakers and simple enough that I didn't need to be a rocket scientist to operate. I'm very pleased with the sound quality it delivers to my marantz turntable!

Pros: Simple to operate, nice price!

Cons: None

Very good at this price point

Written by: William from Stamford, CT on April 25, 2016

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This amp is a significant upgrade to my late '80s Optimus amplifier, which recently died. When I first connected it I was a startled as it completely outclassed my 20W Polk RTi28 speakers. They were noticeably overwhelmed by the Marantz's 40 watts per channel, even at low volume. I swapped in a pair of Celestion SL6-S (35-100 watts), and they were much better suited to the power that the Marantz PM5005 puts out. The range seems very wide and precise and the amp gives a nice "soundstage" feel. The bass, while mostly clear, is just a bit muffled to me. And the highs are slightly more keen and acute than I prefer. I crave more warmth in tone. I've adapted already after a week of listening, so perhaps this will be a non-issue over the long term. I have used it both with Source Direct mode and flat, with and without Loudness...these options give the amp lots of versatility and help compensate for some of these tonal issues. Nice presentation: the knobs have a nice heavy feel, with no play, the case is heavy and solid, and the blue LED indicator lights are very pleasing. I agree with other reviewers that the headphone amp is disappointing, although turning the treble way down achieves a decent sound through the phones. I'd prefer the headphone amp was better aligned with the signal to the speakers so I could switch from speaker to headphone and back without significant adjustments to tone knobs. All in all very good value for $. Especially if you go for the op

Pros: Power,clarity, presentation.

Cons: Sharper tone, headphone amp.

Marantz PM5005

Written by: Andrew W. from Jupiter, FL on April 10, 2016

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That is a fantastic amplifier which I can highly recommend. I built my own speakers following guidelines from an expert web page and find the results using the Marantz amplifier to be exceptional.

Pros: simple to operate, not fuss connections and a fully functional remote control.

Cons: Doesn't have all the latest bells and whistles

Perfect + Powerful

Written by: AB from Charlotte, NC on March 29, 2016

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Beautiful and powerful amp. Perfect hub for a turntable, iPad (for Spotify), a CD player, and speakers.

Pros: Great sound, look, and power. Dynamic.

Cons: Knob notches could be more visible.

Did not do it for me...

Written by: Andrea from Columbus, OH on March 21, 2016

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Bought this unit to replace a 16-year old Marantz integrated that died. First of all, let me say that the PM5005 is very well built, and looks quite handsome. It has a lot of bells and whistles, and the materials seem to be of high quality. It is powerful, and sounds clean, dynamic and analytic. But that's the problem: it is way too crisp. The sound is decisively inflated towards the upper part of the spectrum, and tone neutrality suffers. The sweetness of my KEF Cresta was gone. The overall sound was very detailed, but definitely too harsh, even after a sizable burn-in period. Also, the headphone amplifier is subpar, not the same quality of the rest of the unit (actually, it sounded the opposite: muddy, clouded and too emphatic in the mid-bass range. The phono preamp stage is decent, but the gain is too high for my ortofon red. I ended up returning it for a NAD 316 BEE to which I paired an external phono preamp with selectable gain. Crutchfield customer service was impeccable, as always.

Pros: Very well built, powerful, dynamic and detailed

Cons: Aesthetic is a bit too aggressive. Sounded too harsh with my KEF. Headphone ample is subpar. Phono preamp adequate but not great. I miss my old Marantz...

Pm5005 five star rating

Written by: cmil5 from Redding, CA on February 27, 2016

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If you are looking for a high quality basic amplifier look no further

Pros: Great sound ,very loud and powerful

Cons: I wish the on off button was the same as my marantz na8005 but not a big deal

Great Integrated amp for the money!

Written by: Chick from auburn, AL on February 10, 2016

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After a long analysis of the Marantz vs Yamaha and Onkyo, I decided to go with the Marantz. I had read reviews that indicated that the Marantz would be a better match for my Klipsch speakers vs Yamaha. I have a Yamaha AV receiver on my home theater and could easily believe that it might have a "too bright" sound for the Klipsch. I went with Marantz over Onkyo mainly because I have previously owned Onkyo, but have never owned Marantz. I am glad that I did!! The Marantz sounds great with the Klipsch! In the 60/70s when I was in college I could only dream of having Marantz electronics and Klipsch speakers, so now I do.

Pros: Sounds great, which is what it is supposed to do. Anything other than that is just a bonus.

Cons: None, so far

Very Pleased

Written by: Festus H from New Jersey on November 24, 2015

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I bought this to replace a 12+ year old Denon DRA-685 receiver which has been having problems. I like the layout of the front panel, but I was concerned about the 40 wpc rating on my tough to drive speakers. They require 25 - 100 watts each. The Denon is 100 wpc. Well was I pleasantly surprised. This sounds much better than the Denon, and leaves nothing to be desired in driving these speakers to a good volume level.

Pros: Control layout is just as I like it. Don't let the power rating put you off. And it sounds fantastic, with great sound staging as well. Very well built. I plan to get the matching CD player to replace my old, cheap Sony 5-disc CD player. I am now very convinced that Marantz is the best in hi-fi stereo if you are on a budget.

Cons: Made in China. But I guess that's why the price is so low for what you get.

Outstanding sound quality and value

Written by: Dennis from California on November 8, 2015

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I was bummed when my wonderful NAD 3020 integrated amp starting having problems. The need for a phono preamp made choosing a new one a little easier as most don't have it. I'd heard Marantz was offering genuine audiophile quality at bargain prices. Online reviews confirmed that. Besides looking cool it delivers the goods in every way possible. One of the first things I noticed is I need a better CD player. :) I'll get the matching CD 5005. The audio quality is outstanding. I like source direct, which bypasses the tone controls and loudness. Do yourself a favor and get one. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Great sound quality and value, good looks and great build quality.

Cons: None.

Affordable muscle

Written by: Ibai from California on August 24, 2015

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I have a set of Dynaudio Audience 50 for more than 10 years now. They were always hooked up to a mid range A/V receiver that I wasn't aware how limiting it was. I decided to upgrade my Home Theatre and dedicate that pair of speakers for a living room dedicated stereo system. After some research I ended up going with the Marantz 5005 integrated amp that while it had less bells and whistles in terms of digital inputs, it has the phono input and better power (on paper). Oh boy! This little guy can really move those Dynaudio like they have never been moved. They sound clear and well rounded like never before. The amp is also very elegant and well looking. Right now I'm mainly using it with a turntable and the occasional Sonos play. Good investment.

Pros: - Sufficient inputs - Phone input - Elegant - Powerful

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Big Sound, Great Value

Written by: RonC from California on July 20, 2015

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The main reason I chose the PM5005 is the integrated phono input, rare these days. Source direct is great for the vinyl, and as others have stated the loudness setting makes low volume listening an absolute pleasure. I'm definitely pleased with my selection, and would highly recommend to those looking for a great entry point.

Pros: Tone control, source direct, loudness is tops

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lovethisamp

Written by: mickey from Oregon on April 3, 2015

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I bought this amp because it was well reviewed and had a phono input. It's my first integrated amp. It's driving Tekton Design Lore Reference speakers. My CD player is a NAD 516. It's excellent in every way sonically. I run it flat. The phono section is very good also.

Pros: bass slam and control, dynamics,

Cons: none

Impressed

Written by: Richard R from Issaquah, WA on February 28, 2015

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I bought a new turntable and tried hooking it up to an old Yamaha surround receiver. I wasn't satisfied with the sound and decided to upgrade to this amplifier. There is a big noticeable difference both through headphones and through the speakers. The sound is richer and fuller. The loudness is a great plus for listening at low volumes and the direct feature is great for headphones. I've also listened to CDs through this unit and it's excellent.

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Perfect amp!

Written by: Russ from South Carolina on January 15, 2015

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I run a pair of PSB Mini's through this amp and the sound is amazing especially using the pure direct function. Replaced an Onkyo receiver boasting more power but this amp blows it away. I have a large vinyl collection that has taken on new life with this unit.

Pros: Perfect for my setup. Highly recommended!

Cons: none

Wonderful integrated amp for music lovers

Written by: WillR from New Jersey on December 20, 2014

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Marantz has always delivered quality sound at affordable prices and the PM5005 does just that. I am currently running this on my Cambridge Soundworks M80 bookshelf speakers and the sound clarity is amazing. At first I purchased the NAD counterpart which was a little cheaper but kind of thought it didn't sound quite right. Crutchfield allowed me to exchange without any hesitation and I couldn't be happier. This amp is not over powering and sounds great. I have an eclectic style of music and they all sound incredible on the Marantz.

Pros: Warm clean sound. Phono input for adding a turntable.

Cons: None

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What's in the box?

Download the Marantz PM5005 manual

  • Integrated Amplifier
  • 5.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC002PMCD)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information (US/CA)

Features and Specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 40
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 55
Frequency Bandwidth 40-20k
THD 0.01%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 103
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) No
High-resolution Audio Playback No
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi No
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 0
Phono Input Yes
Optical Digital Inputs No
Coaxial Digital Inputs No
USB Input No
Preamp Outputs No
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 17-3/8
Height (inches) 4-1/16
Depth (inches) 15-5/8
Weight (pounds) 14.8
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research

Features

2-Channel Integrated Amp: The Marantz PM5005 is a two-channel integrated amplifier rated at 40 watts x 2-channels into 8-ohms and 55 watts x 2-channels into 4-ohms. This unit has a high-quality audio design such as a minimized signal path, use of high sound quality parts, and large power circuits; which is possible only in discrete audio components. The amplifiers themselves are custom-designed entirely with discrete components so you don't suffer any of the built-in limitations of off-the-shelf integrated circuits.

Current Feedback Design: Current Feedback amplification is a well known, Marantz' original circuit technology. The Current Feedback amplifier technology fits perfectly with the high requirements set for Super Audio software providing wide-bandwidth, high-speed reproduction. The impedance at the Current Feedback point is limited resulting in a very low phase shift. Marantz receivers and amplifiers equipped with Current Feedback can keep the phase compensation via Negative FeedBack (NFB) to a minimum, resulting in high through-rate, excellent transient response and superb sonic transparency for the full bandwidth. Unlike conventional Voltage Feedback amplification, the Current Feedback amplification makes the power amplifier in-sensitive to difficult loudspeaker loads.

Analog Inputs/Outputs + Phono: The PM5005 is fitted with a total of six analog stereo inputs (RCA) and two analog stereo outputs (RCA). There is a Tuner, CD, Network and Phono (MM) input; as well as two sets of Recorder inputs/outputs (1-2). All analog inputs are gold-plated for optimum signal transfer.

Gold-Plated Binding Posts: Equipped with two sets of speaker terminals, the PM5005 can drive two pairs of speakers, or it can be connected to one pair of bi-wiring compatible speakers, with one set of terminals for the low range drivers and the other set connected to the high range drivers. The PM5005 is fitted with eight gold-plated binding post terminals for long life and optimum signal transfer integrity. The binding posts will accept  banana plugs (single/dual), pin connectors, and bare wire (up to 10AWG).

Speaker Terminals Used Number Of Connected Speakers Speaker Impedance
Speakers A 2 (1 pair) 4-16
Speakers B 2 (1 pair) 4-16
Speakers A & B 4 (2 pair) 8-16
Speakers A/B Bi-Wired 2 (1 pair) 4-16

Headphone Amp: For superb sound quality with the widest range of headphone types, the PM5005 features a headphone amplifier that is able to handle just about any headphone type, regardless of impedance or sensitivity. The high quality gold plated 1/4" headphone jack is compatible with audiophile and studio headphones and adapters.

Tone Controls + Source Direct Mode: This unit has a tone control function for adjustment of bass (low frequency) and treble (high frequency) sound to produce your preferred sound. There is also Loudness feature which compensates for human hearing characteristics by boosting the bass and treble response at low volume levels to achieve a more pleasing tonal balance. The Source Direct function bypasses unneeded circuit stages (such as the tone controls) for the most direct audio path from input to output.

Aluminum/Glass-Reinforced Resin Front-Panel: The integrated amplifier's front panel uses a carefully chosen combination of aluminum and glass-reinforced resin to create a distinctive three dimensional appearance. Indirect reflecting blue LEDs indicating input selection, heighten its elegant appearance.

Remote Control: Featuring an easy to use ergonomic design, the elegant remote control can also be used to control the matching CD5005 CD player (sold separately), as well as controlling a network player (like the NA8005). Remote input and output terminals let you connect the PM5005 to other Marantz components, such as the matching CD5005 CD player, allowing you to place the PM5005 out of sight (such as in a cabinet) yet still providing full remote control capabilities. The IR (infrared) flasher port lets you connect the PM5005 to an external system remote controller.

AC Outlets: The Marantz PM5005 is fitted with two switched & one un-switched AC power outlets to connect your other A/V components.

Protection Circuitry: The PM56005's Protection Circuitry prevents damage to devices within the power supply when an abnormality such as an overload, excess voltage occurs or over temperature for any reason. If a malfunction occurs in this unit, the power indicator blinks red and the unit switches to standby mode.

Auto Standby Mode: With the Auto Standby Mode "On", this unit will automatically enter the Auto Standby Mode after approximately 30 continuous minutes of no output from the speakers or headphones.

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Why did you buy this?

The Marantz was outstanding but I never got the hang of it, and I did not like having to look up the instructions on the supplied CD. Once again Chrutchfield let me return it. The Yamaha which I bought in its place has a paper instruction booklet wich is just what I needed because I am a senior citizen, but still like good sound. [ Tom  Jul 14, 2016 ]
as a former customer I liked your selection, prices ,service [ Eric  May 31, 2016 ]
to replace Fischer amp [ Randall S.  Jan 31, 2016 ]

8 questions already asked

Yes, it has a phono preamp and I have been using it with my Denon DP-300F since I got it in November. [ THOMAS R  Jun 12, 2016 ]
Not sure what you mean but I have no problem with sound level when using my record player.The PM5005 was made to be able to use a record player. [ CRAIG A  Jun 11, 2016 ]
Yes, [ Joe  Jun 11, 2016 ]
Yes, it does. The gain of the phono stage is fixed, and I found it to be on the high side. It is probably adequate for most cartridges with a moderate output level, but may overload with high-output level ones. [ Andrea  Jun 10, 2016 ]
Yes, on the back of the this amplifier there is a 'phono' RCA input so you can hook up a turntable that does not have it's own preamp or that runs through a separate phono preamp. [ Jason  Jun 10, 2016 ]
yes for moving magnet cartridges [ Chick  Jun 10, 2016 ]
This amp will be fine.I play vinyl and cd's through two Klipsch and two Polk 6" speakers.sounds fantastic [ GREG W  Mar 01, 2016 ]
yes it will work great this is a powerful amp but if you are worried about not having enough power look at the marantz pm8005 [ CRAIG A  Mar 01, 2016 ]
I have it connected to some way more demanding Dynaudio Audience 50 and the amp works like a champ. Those Bose are fairly "easy" so you should have no problems with it. If anything, I would say that it may be a little bit of an overkill (but that's just my opinion) [ Ibai  Mar 01, 2016 ]
Speaker wire is needed to connect them. You can use bare wire up to 10AWG, or you can put banana plugs (single/dual) or pin connectors on the end of that wire. [ Paul  Nov 13, 2015 ]  Staff
It can play both A&B at the same time. However, with that configuration you will want to be sure that both sets of speakers are 8-ohms or higher to prevent damage to the amp. [ Jeff  Nov 11, 2015 ]  Staff
This amp can power the speakers for a certain level of performance. I wouldn't jam out with it, but I do expect that you can get average listening levels with it while keeping the sound clear. [ Paul  Nov 09, 2015 ]  Staff
Depends on how you listen to your music. As a general rule I would say yes. 89db sensitivity shouldn't be a problem. I use my PM5005 with Def Technology 7006 in a room that is 16X20. Puts out what I want and I listen to 70s rock, Celtic, and a few newer bands. [ MIKE  Nov 13, 2015 ]
I power a pair of PSB minis through mine and it fills a fairly large room easily. This is a very efficient amplifier and should be a great match for your speakers. [ Russell  Nov 06, 2015 ]
It should be fine. The XBs are very efficient, a characteristic of ported speakers. Don't let the 20 watt minimum worry you. The sensitivity spec of the XB is 89 dB for 1 watt, the same as my early 1980s DCM Time Windows 1s. My previous integrated amp was the legendary NAD 3020. It was rated for only 20 watts but had a feature that would temporarily allow 3 dB of headroom; 40 watts. It had red LEDs for 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 watts power output. 10 watts showing was extremely loud. Typical living room level was less than 5 watts. You'll like the Marantz a lot. After buying it I discovered I need a better CD player. :) I'll probably buy the matching CD5005. [ DENNIS  Nov 06, 2015 ]
You would be better off buying a set of speakers and not trying to integrate both systems you will get a better sound this way [ CRAIG A  Jun 11, 2016 ]
You would have to get a speaker selection switch that allows the speakers to be connected to one or the other of your amps, otherwise you could blow out one or both of the amps. The switch must be of the break-before-make types. Also I would recommend only using your front main speakers with the Marantz. If you can't find anything on the Crutchfield site, you can just get yourself two double pole double throw knife switches from electronics suppliers or other sources. Before you switch your speakers, you should probably turn off the power to both amps just to be safe. [ Thomas  Aug 12, 2015 ]
Yes [ THOMAS R  Jun 12, 2016 ]
As I recall, it has standard banana plug/screw type connectors, which can be used with either banana plugs, bare wire, or spade connectors. [ Thomas  Jul 03, 2015 ]
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